I was never particularly a yoghurt fan, but since going vegan, I have had the occasional hankering for a nice fruit-based yoghurt as a snack or on a bowl of fruit salad or muesli for breakfast. The recipe that appealed to me the most was one by Ella, but it was not exactly the sweet fruity yoghurt that I was looking for. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with this:
And boy was I pleased:) Even my husband loved it!
Ingredients (This makes a large jar like this plus an extra cup – so in total, about 1.25 litres)
- 1/2 cup macadamia/cashew nuts (soaked overnight, then rinsed and drained)
- 1/2 cup almonds (soaked overnight, then rinsed and drained)
- 1/2 cup pitted dates (cut into pieces, then soaked in 2 cups of water overnight. DO NOT discard this soaking water)
- 2 heaped cups strawberries (fresh or frozen and feel free to use any type of berry)
- 4 tablespoons/to taste sweetener of choice (I used stevia/erythritol mixture and agave)
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract/powder (optional)
- pinch salt
- extra water as needed
The night before, soak nuts in cold water in a bowl. Also, the night before, chop dates and soak them in a separate bowl in 2 cups of water. The next morning, drain the nuts and rinse them off before adding them to the blender. Then add the dates ALONG with half of its soaking water (1 cup) to the blender. Add all other ingredients except sweetener and blend for a while until completely smooth. Add date water in small amounts at a time until the desired texture is achieved. If your date water is up and you would like it runnier, add more cold water. Now taste and add sweetener until it suits your taste. If you accidentally add too much water and make it too runny, add 1/2 teaspoon xanthum/guar gum to thicken it up a bit.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge where it will last for about 5 days.
I have only made this with strawberries so far, but I am planning on making all kinds of fruity yoghurts:)
Any flavour ideas?
PS: Today (06/02/14) I made this with frozen cherries – delicious! It was just a bit runny as frozen berries keep a lot of moisture. I added 1/4 teaspoon xanthum gum and that did the trick! Perfect texture and super yummy:)